News Releases

  1. Once upon a time, ten heroes embarked upon a new journey…NAC French Theatre is launching the second edition of its ARGONAUTS CLUB

    September 14, 2011

    It is crucial to allow yourself to hear the thoughts of others who share the same questions. To allow yourself to look into your relationship with theatre to drag a deep thought out of it, a precise and bright sensation, some poetry. Not liking theatre, but knowing why, without recrimination against it. In that sense, the Golden Fleece, here, obviously, is nothing else than yourself. You can say... Read more

  2. La TempêteEmma Haché / Alice Ronfard Sat. May 28 at 1:30p.m.Sun. May 29 at 1:30 & 3:45 p.m.NAC STUDIO Recommended for ages 8 and olderRunning time: 70 minutes

    May 18, 2011

    Classic play by William Shakespeare, updated and adapted for family audiences by Emma Haché and directed by Alice Ronfard. Written by Emma Haché / Directed and designed by Alice Ronfard / Assistant directors: Édith Bélanger and Catherine Arsenault / With Noémie Godin?Vigneau, Jean?Philippe Perras and... Read more

  3. Le Temps des muffinsJoël da SilvaStudio, May 14 and 15 A culinary extravaganza by Joël da Silva, performed by puppeteer Patrick Beauchemin and Joël da Silva himself. Writer, director, stage designer, puppet builder and sound designer: Joël da Silva / Artistic contributor: Serge Marois / Lighting designer: Martin Boisjoly / Technical director: Nancy Bussières / Set builders: Martin Boisjoly and Joël da Silva / Set painter: Claude Rodrigue / Seamstress: Mathilde da Silva / Sound recording: Benoît Brodeur Produced by Théâtre Magasin (Montreal, QC). Recommended for children ages 4 to 8. Running time: 45 minutes.

    May 9, 2011

    Scene of amazing transformations, where cakes magically rise and soufflés heartbreakingly fall, the kitchen is surely one of our earliest childhood experiences of theatre. There we meet a diverse cast of characters: fire and water, sweet and salty, the enticing scent of vanilla and the horrible smell of burning! So it’s hardly surprising that a dancing bag of flour is the first thing... Read more

  4. Teens from Across Canada Storm Ottawa for Improv Competition

    April 21, 2011

    You know you’ve walked into a different kind of competition when the winning team enthusiastically starts the chant of “Everyone!  Everyone!” and it spreads through the theatre in appreciation of peers, teachers, coaches, volunteers and fans. April 19-23 high school teams from Ladysmith, Vancouver Island to St.John's, NL will take the stage at the National Arts Centre in... Read more

  5. TALK explores the tension between political ideas and friendship….and the power of words Two Talkbacks feature Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Rabbi Reuven Bulka and other prominent community leaders

    April 21, 2011

    OTTAWA, ON—Theatre-goers are in for two stimulating evenings of theatre paired with frank, post-performance discussions of the ideas it provokes with TALK, a play that opens next week as part of Prairie Scene. A 2009 finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, TALK is an engaging story about how even the strongest of friendships can be tested by political... Read more


    April 19, 2011

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) French Theatre today announced its 2011-12 season, designed by Artistic Director Wajdi Mouawad. After three seasons filled with memorable theatrical moments and events, and to mark his final season at the helm of the French Theatre, playwright, director and actor Mouawad has lined up a total of 19 productions, including three Canadian premieres, one North American... Read more

  7. TempsBy Wajdi MouawadTheatre, April 12–16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

    April 1, 2011

    Written and directed by Wajdi Mouawad With Marie?Josée Bastien, Jean?Jacqui Boutet, Véronique Côté, Gérald Gagnon, Linda Laplante, Anne?Marie Olivier, Valeriy Pankov and Isabelle Roy Artistic contributors: Alain Roy, François Ismert, Charlotte Farcet, Emmanuel Clolus,... Read more

  8. LA LISTEWritten by Jennifer TremblayDirected by Marie?Thérèse FortinPerformed by Sylvie Drapeau National Arts Centre StudioMarch 30–April 2, 2010 at 8 p.m.Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes

    March 22, 2011

    One-woman play by Jennifer Tremblay, directed by Marie?Thérèse Fortin, starring Sylvie Drapeau. Artistic contributors: Stéphanie Capistran?Lalonde, Charlotte Farcet, Jasmine Catudal, Isabelle Larivière, Claude Cournoyer, Nancy Tobin, Julie Measroch and Angelo Barsetti. Tour crew: Carlos Ponte,... Read more

  9. Le Spectacle de l’arbre National Arts Centre Salon, March 26–27, 2011 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Environmental fantasy for ages 18 months to 3 years, imagined by Nathalie Derome, Amélie Dumoulin, Frank Martel and Lucie Trudel, performed by Nathalie Derome, Karine Sauvé and Pascale St-Jean. Artistic contributors: Nathalie Derome, Amélie Dumoulin and Karine Sauvé, Catherine Tousignant, Mélanie Charest, Geneviève Dumontier, Kathy Kennedy and Nicolas Letarte. Produced by Des mots d’la dynamite. Running time: 30 minutes. School matinees available.

    March 15, 2011

    The National Arts Centre (NAC) French Theatre is pleased to launch a new initiative: theatre for very young audiences! A recent and increasingly popular phenomenon in Europe, it’s an artistic concept that addresses the fundamental issue of children’s place in our society. In recent years we have come to acknowledge very young children as individuals in their own right. As such, do... Read more

  10. Laureates of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards announced

    March 3, 2011

    TORONTO, March 3, 2011 – Yvon Deschamps, Margie Gillis, William Shatner, Howard Shore, Leslee Silverman and Paul Thompson have been named the 2011 laureates of the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the ultimate recognition in Canada’s performing arts.These individuals are being recognized... Read more